UK: Dr Martens appoints Deckers exec Murray as CEO
British footwear brand Dr Martens has appointed Deckers Outdoor executive Steve Murray as its chief executive officer.
Murray has spent the last three years as president of EMEA for Deckers, and prior to that was president of VF Corp's action sports coalition responsible for the Vans, Reef and Pro Tec brands.
He will take up the role in October and succeeds current boss David Suddens, who will step up to become non-executive chairman.
Dr Martens, which was acquired by private equity firm Permira last year, has also appointed Pandora finance chief Henrik Holmark as CFO. Formerly a partner at Ernst & Young Advisory Services, he will join the company at the end of the year.
Suddens said: "Having been CEO for 12 years I am very pleased to be handing over to Steve and Henrik, two very talented and senior executives who will ensure Dr Martens continued success and develop the brand even further. They both have huge experience at building brands and will give Dr Martens new impetus and a new perspective.
"The business has continued to grow strongly in the first quarter of this year, with group sales up 13% year-to-date, so there is a strong platform on which to build."
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